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Authority

Hust. (Hustedt, 1958: 174, figs 165, 166)

Class

Diatomophyceae

Order

Pennales

Family

Bacillariaceae

Synonyms

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Basionym

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Additional References

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Description

Cells solitary and tapered towards ends in apical view, distinctly constricted in the middle and with truncate ends in girdle view; apical axis 55–86 µm; transapical axis 5–7 µm. Transapical striae straight, 26–30 in 10 µm. Fibulae 8–12 in 10 µm.

Distribution

Plough I. and coastal waters off Davis Station, East Antarctica; in stomach contents of Salpa fusiformis in the Antarctic, 69°43’S 06°30’E (Hustedt, 1958).

Comments

At first glance, N. medioconstricta can be confused with Auricula compacta , particularly in girdle view. However, the latter is usually a much longer cell (79–134 µm), and it has fewer fibulae (6–9 per 10 µm).

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